Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK) was officially registered on the 30th of April 2004, initially as association of 3 legal entities, working in the field of biodiversity conservation. ACBK was founded by three NGOs: The Bird Protection Society “Remez” (Almaty), the Kazakhstan Bird Conservation Union (Almaty) and the Public Center for the Protection of Wildlife “Arlan” (Karaganda). Since then two more NGOs have joined ACBK – NGO “Naurzum” (Kostanay) and the NGO “Rodnik” (Korgalzhyn, Akmola region). In April 2009 ACBK was re-registered in the Department of Justice of Republic of Kazakhstan into the from of Republic Public Association with individual membership.
The mission of ACBK is to “ensure the sustainable conservation of biodiversity of Kazakhstan based on high-quality scientific data and information, to develop partnerships with a national and international state and non-governmental organizations, to develop and assist local nature conservation initiatives and to support in the education of the future generations of specialists in nature conservation issues”.
ACBK has implemented and is still implementing a series of conservation and scientific projects: “Important Bird Areas”, Darwin Initiative project "Conserving a flagship steppe species - the critically endangered Sociable Lapwing”, “Altyn Dala Steppe Ecosystem Conservation” project, “Identifying potential habitat for Slender-billed Curlews”, “Conserving IBA with students and local communities” , “The Status of vultures in Kazakhstan”
In 2007 the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan has established Students Birdwatching Clubs in 5 Universities in Kazakhstan – in the cities of Karagandy, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kostanay, Petropavlovsk and Semipalatinsk. The Clubs were organized with the help of University teachers. In 2008 Students Club was also established in Astana, the next one will be established in Almaty. ACBK supporting clubs financially and coordinates the work of Clubs. ACBK also organizes regular training workshops and seminars and provides the clubs with necessary equipment (optics and outdoor equipment) and literature.
ACBK actively cooperates with many other non-governmental as well as governmental and international organizations, including the Committee of Forestry and Hunting of the Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Birdlife International, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB - the Birdlife Partner in UK), the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS, Germany), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan and many others.
1. Development and introduction of the strategy for the conservation of important wildlife areas on the base of compilation of important bird area (IBA) inventory and identifying other critical sites.
2. Studying biology and situation of population of key animal species, development and implementation of Action plans for their conservation.
3. Lobbying for changes and additions in the legislative base, necessary for the implementation of ACBK mission.
4. National and international public awareness on conservation issues and the importance of Kazakhstan for the global biodiversity conservation agenda.
5. Enhancing effectiveness of ACBK network by its extension with the priority of establishing new branches to reach the most important regions.
6. Motivating and preparing the next generation of conservationists.